Bret Weinstein on the problems of the Left

As of yesterday, Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying are no longer biology professors at The People’s Republic of Evergreen State College, and it’s the college’s loss (check Bret’s and Heather’s teaching ratings, which are at the top of the scale).  As far as I know, they haven’t yet found new jobs (and some school better scoop them up pronto), but Bret isn’t remaining silent about the kind of treatment either he received at TESC or that’s spreading across U.S. campuses. Heres a series of his tw**ts from yesterday. The key prescription is the penultimate one: the left “must abandon its snap judgments, litmus tests, and presumption of guilty by association.”




  1. Martin X
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    left “must abandon its snap judgments, litmus tests, and presumption of guilty by association.”

    Advising the left to give up these tools seems as futile as advising Islam to give up radicalism. If you can’t devise a plan of action to make that happen, the advice seems useless.

    • starskeptic
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Pointing out a problem without knowing a solution is hardly useless.

    • eric
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Tools for what though? What is the alt left accomplishing? Have they changed any minds? Have they changed the first amendment?

      Despite the recent setbacks, western society has been getting more liberal for decades. And IMO, the antifa and intersectional policies that have cropped up in the last 5-10 years have had nothing whatsoever to do with it.

    • somer
      Posted September 24, 2017 at 12:50 am | Permalink

      The point is this kind of left are in denial there is a problem and assert everyone who disagrees with them is immoral – they need to be emphatically and repeatedly reminded in as many fora as possible that the ultimate ends of their surreal and ideological approach can only be drastically anti humanist.

      They are very influential not only on campuses but in large national especially public funded media that otherwise would balance out right wing nuttery – which is a tragedy. Instead of dealing with real racism they just deal with anti western anti enlightenment resentments. They need to be offended and confronted and told that aspects of their view is deeply immoral in its actual consequences over and over again because they are becoming the voice of the left in the US. Outside the US they are becoming an orthodoxy that often influences even right wing governments anxious not to appear racist (certainly in Britain when it comes to Islamism, a pet anti west cause). The police there issue frequent “hate speech” cautions to all users of the net (periodically arresting people some of whom deserve it but some not) and go soft on Islam when it comes to Rotherham or FGM for fear of appearing racist because they know their political masters would not back them. Some Primary level Public Schools are now actually not only allowing 5yrs and up to wear hijabs to school but SELLING hijabs as an option in the school uniform. The BBC has a long record of feeling it has to give lots of air time to (in Ctherecent past)of Chaudury and Mo Ansar, Moazzim Begg and plenty of other Islamists or Islamic extremists but would spurn other types of extremists. The day after the manchester bombing BBC made a bee line to interview a woman in niqab with screen print of grenade, kalashnikov and knife and bullet scarred word “Love” on it for her – and then two more to rave about how Manchester kaffirs deserved it because *foreign policy*, whilst another muslim – the local University muslim students society head – went on about how this affected Muslims more than others and we must guard against islamophobia. Some people are allowed to speak and some aren’t according to the hierarchy of oppression.

      Labour is pro islamist. The greens are just naive. The Lib Dems are anti Prevent for supposedly being islamophobic, demonise liberal muslims in their ranks in preference to radicals, and pro faith (at least under previous leader).
      Even the Tory govt, though it has a good anti extremism program endorsed by Maajid promotes faith schools and reviews sharia family courts sympathetically, refuses to name islamism, sells arms to saudis and does reviews into how minority friendly govt services are and whether they are racist.

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    What this left has done is very similar to what took place on the right. As he said, liberals so terrorized by an association with something to the right. The radical right now seems to be the Bannon right and is attempting to eat up the main stream republicans, if that is what they are now called. Mich and Ryan are the enemy and Trump must decide if he is with Bannon. So who will the progressive left get for their leader. We know who is destroying the republican party but who will destroy what is left of the democrats?

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I think he’s chosen the wrong medium. If you have to number tweets, you need a larger format.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Yes, should probably be on face book, as if I would know.

    • Martin X
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Pretty much every influential person numbers tweets. I much prefer this over having to navigate to a blog and read a long-winded, meandering post.

      • Harrison
        Posted September 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

        I cannot stand the Twitter format, and while it can be used to get a longer message out by breaking it into chunks, it still fails abjectly when it comes to two or more people trying to have an ongoing conversation. Simply put, Twitter wasn’t built to be used the way it actually is.

        But it’s practically mandatory to use because everyone else does. Still, I’ll dance a jig when it’s gone.

    • kelskye
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      I love multi-tweet tweets. I think it even works well because each point needs to be limited to 140 characters, so it’s more succinct than what a more wordy medium allows.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 25, 2017 at 2:32 am | Permalink

      I agree. Annoying to read.

  4. biz
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Bret W. seems like such an intelligent, thoughtful, wise person. I wonder how he dealt with teaching student at a “college” with a 99% acceptance rate.

    • denise
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      He loved it. There are interviews on YouTube.

      • biz
        Posted September 23, 2017 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        I know he says he loved it but specifically I am interested in how he viewed and dealt with the presumed majority of his students who by definition would not have been ready for university level work.

  5. Richard Sanderson
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    More evidence keeps coming in of the post-modernist, regressive, Neo-Marxist rot that has set up camp at Evergreen.

    Funny how certain people on the far left tried to be “skeptical” and came to the defence of Evergreen and its baseball-bat wielding Neo-Marxists. Yes, I’m talking about that “Serious Inquiries Only” podcaster, who must be trying his darnedest to ignore all the recent emails, etc. and keep his dead to avoid the humiliation, and obsessive creeps like Peter ‘Humanisticus’ Ferguson.

    But, prepare yourselves for more gas-lighting from the regressive left, who will insist there is no problem on college campuses.

    PS – The dean/president of Evergreen really needs to resign. He is completely incompetent, and his cowardice in failing to support his staff, is unforgivable.

  6. Heather Hastie
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    As long as so many students these days think actions like shouting down a speaker and violence are acceptable, things won’t change.

    Jerry’s post from 2-3 days ago that c. half of students don’t even accept the principles of freedom of speech means things aren’t going to change in a hurry. The students have these attitudes before they get to tertiary institutions so maybe we need to look at what’s happening in high schools.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      I think the genesis of the problem is summed up best by the Bad Grades 1960-2010 cartoon. It’s not a deficiency in the curriculum per se, it’s a problem of spoiled children raising spoiled children. Unto the third and fourth generation, probably, if you want to get all Old Testament about it.

      • Ken Phelps
        Posted September 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        Ok, let’s try that link again.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted September 24, 2017 at 11:58 am | Permalink

        The link doesn’t work for me, but I think you’re probably right. There have been a lot of improvements in the way primary education is delivered and the atmosphere at schools, but there’s a downside too.

  7. kelskye
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure why the political left isn’t learning the lesson from the shift to the right wing in democratic countries. How many of them are seeing that shift and thinking “what we need is more policing of speech and silencing tactics” as a tactic that works?

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